By Diane Best, Author and Editor of DVI
Family Fun & Romantic Vacation Ideas
Looking for dream vacation ideas and romantic vacations? This is a personal collection of stories inspired by incredible childhood adventures in Europe with my family. I love sharing my family vacation ideas and vacation spots such as the full moon glowing beside the Eiffel Tower, riding on the back of a scooter along the Danube River and seeing an iceberg while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. My passion for travel has blossomed into this website and friends find my travel advice and detailed information useful in planning their family holidays and romantic vacations. It is my pleasure to share favourite destinations and dream vacation ideas with you and provide first hand reviews of places I have discovered while on my fun-filled adventures. I hope you will:
- Enjoy my photo collection which will give you vacation ideas and help you decide on destinations and vacation spots.
- Learn how to plan your own trip, itinerary and book your hotels, whether traveling solo, with a group, or one of your romantic getaways.
- Find valuable information and advice on personal safety, currency, use of ATMs and internet cafes.
- Research health, luggage and flight cancellation insurance.
- Check out useful packing tips, comfortable holiday clothes and easy to use checklist.
- Choose from various methods of transportation, such as auto rentals, buses, boats, trains or planes, taxi and public transport.
- Learn how to overcome the fear of flying.
Personal Experiences Inspired Dream Vacation Ideas
Strolled around the world’s most romantic cities, such as London, New York, Paris, Rome, Venice and more.
Bathed in the sun-kissed coasts of the Caribbean Islands, the Mayan Riviera, the French Riviera, the Italian Riviera and Amalfi Coast.
Enjoyed fabulous walks and romantic dinners along famous rivers like the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris, the Grand Canal in Venice and the Vltava in Prague.
Explored the mountains and stunning views in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Canada. Lodged in charming villages like Chamonix, France and ascended the gondola up to Mont Blanc.
Trekked around the beautiful Lauterbrunen Valley in Switzerland and up to the mountain peak called Piz Gloria on Mount Schilthorn, where the James Bond movie Her Majesty’s Secret Service had been filmed.
Journeyed by the local railways across the valley to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, which appear on the cover of many Swiss chocolates.
By sharing fun family vacation ideas, romantic vacations and the best vacation spots, I hope to inspire travelers, and provide relevant information and advice to make your dreams a reality.
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I hope these dream vacation ideas inspire your imagination and turn your dreams into fun-filled conversations and memories. Enjoy your planning! Diane
Favourite Destinations Getaways
You will feel like a Queen (or King) when you experience the British hospitality on your holidays in London. This royal city offers romantic getaways, hotels, beautiful parks and fantastic shopping. Check here for tips on flights in and out of London airports, the Tube, and Eurostar trains to European destinations.
Love, romance, art, exquisite cuisine, shopping and romantic strolls is what it’s all about. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities of the world with an endless amount of things to do. Learn more about the activites in the City of Light, hotels, apartments, vacation rentals and getting around the 20 districts of Paris. Your holidays here will exceed your dream vacation ideas.
Absolutely fabulous! New York City is full of unique adventures, loads of pleasure and entertainment. Indulge in romantic dining, visit spectacular museums, parks, theatres, art galleries. Shop at chic or discount boutiques. Learn about the trendiest neighbourhoods and find the right New York City hotels.
Craving to experience antiquity, dramatic history, culture and ancient ruins? Visit historic and romantic Rome, the Eternal City for an exciting trip back in time. But that’s not all. Rome is the place to see glorious museums monuments, indulge in heavenly food and fantastic shopping.
Romance or Family Fun
Discover why Italy is one of the most sensual places on earth. Rich with treasures of art, romantic restaurants, stunning countryside, lush vineyards, flamboyant fashion, exciting beaches, glorious cities and towns, and ancient architecture. Stay at charming hotels or splendid villa rentals with a magical view.
Ever wanted to stay in a real Swiss Chalet with a captivating view of rugged, snow-capped mountains and alpine pastures? Plan your hiking and ski adventures in Switzerland, a forested wonderland with orchards, sparkling clean rivers, streams and glacier waterfalls cascading off the sides of the stunning mountains.
France has breath-taking countryside, vineyards, sumptuous food and wine, grand cathedrals and museums. Make France your home away from home. Discover the best places for romance, sun and adventure in France. Visit charming medeival villages. Stay in magnificent castles, romantic villas, bed and breakfasts or rural gites.
40 Shades of Green
Escape to magical Ireland and treat yourself to a dream holiday. The lush beauty of this island and cooler climate makes it an ideal summer destination away from the heat. Ireland golfing is known for unique settings and you can take the whole family. Stay at enchanting manors or castles such as Ashford Castle, famous for weddings and romantic getaways.
Cruise ships are luxury floating hotels with endless activities for everyone. Check out the Top 10 Tips for your ultimate Cruise holidays. Read about the variety of cruise locations and options. See my list of vacation ideas for day excursions on exotic islands. Sail away to a romantic sunset.
Useful Tips Resources
Car Rental Deals
Everything you need to know about international auto rentals and options with car rental companies. Check local road rules for countries you will be visiting. Learn about pedestrian only districts and International Driving Permits.
International Travel Insurance
Trusted Travel Clothes Accessories
Clothes should be versatile, comfortable and wrinkle free. Need some help deciding on what to take on your exciting holidays? Check out these tips. Be aware of local customs to avoid being declined entrance to cathedrals.
Does airport security stress you out? See my detailed airport security tips for a more enjoyable holiday experience. Find useful tips to help you get through the screening process more easily.
The Art of Packing
Here are many easy packing tips to make your life easier. What you need to know about the Money Belt, Protecting your Luggage and selecting the Best Bags Luggage. Learn how to travel light, espcially for cruises.
More Tips for Dream Vacation Ideas
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Fear of Flying Do you experience the fear of flying? Air transfer is the 2nd safest mode of transportation in the world and the chances of being involved in an aircraft accident are approximately 1 in 11 million.
Tenerife Holidays Beach Vacations Tenerife a lush and volcanic island with a variety of micro-climates and rugged landscapes, subtropical forests, wine-growing regions, pine forest, deep gorges, semi desert areas, beautiful beaches, stunning ocean views, boat tours, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, whale and dolphin watching and great night-life.
Holidays in Tenerife on Top of Mount Teide Mount Teide at an elevation of 12,198 feet (3,718 metres), the third largest volcano on the planet, makes it a great destination for day trips.
Aruba Vacations Aruba is a perfect destination that fits your dream vacation ideas with warm temperatures all year round, white sand beaches, world class golfing, fantastic shopping, geographical attractions for daytrips, and world renowned chefs and cuisine.
New York City Tours Hop-on hop-off buses, ferries and helicopter tours are a fast way of seeing the best of NYC.
New York City Hotels Find the right New York City hotels and in the trendiest neighbourhoods.
Rome Travel Treasures Hotels Rome famous squares, grand palaces, opulent villas, artistic gallerias, exquisite museums, ancient baths, beautiful basilicas, glorious fountains, spectacular monuments, lush parks and extravagant gardens.
Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera Cinque Terre is a unique and charming region with picturesque hillsides, rugged coastlines, hidden beaches, nature walks and hiking for visitors of all ages.
Honeymoon Vacation Ideas in Venice Venice has the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square km. Wander around for hours in the narrow alleyways, have romantic dinners, or gondola ride.
Medieval Siena Siena a walled city with stunning views of Tuscany, narrow streets and alleyways, magnificent museums and churches, charming hotels, romantic restaurants, great designer stores and boutique shops.
Awesome Vacation Ideas in Tuscany Spectaculay holidays in Tuscany, a land of breathtaking medieval towns, lush countryside, spectacular forests, thermal baths, museums, churces, art galleries, and sumptuous wines and cuisine.
Romantic Vacations in Bellagio Italy Stunning Bellagio, called the pearl of Lake Como, is a wonderful place for romantic getaways and can be reached by ferry, hydrofoil, car rental or the local buses.
Find Amore-Love on Lake Como Italy Experience paradise with glorious villas, gorgeous gardens, charming hotels and vacation rentals, and romantic restaurants and cafes overlooking Lake Como. You will fall in love here and exceed your dream vacation ideas.
Paris Airports and Paris Transportation Tips Valuable information about the major airports in Paris. The Paris Metropolitain lines are colour coded and named according to their destinations.
Paris Day Trips A practical way of getting around Paris is with double-decker Hop On Hop Off buses. Visit famous tourist attractions outside of Paris too. Easy tips to help plan your day trips.
Family Vacation Ideas on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland Magical Northern Ireland takes you to outstanding rugged natural beauty of the Antrim Coast, the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Old Bushmills perhaps the worlds oldest distillery dating from 1608.
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